Whether a visitor or a new resident moving in, Balmain's history is steeped in it's buildings and etched in it's lane ways indelibly no matter where you wander.
These days Balmain's town centre is defined by Loyalty Square where Beattie Street adjoins Darling Street. Overshadowed by Woolworths, Westpac Bank and the Unity Hall Hotel, it came as a surprise to me to learn recently that the original site of Loyalty Square was just in front of where this picture was taken- Queens Place on the corner of Waterview Street. Complete with the customary flagpole, the Loyalty Square of c1850 was graced by the presence of Balmain's first bank - the Bank of NSW; The Albion Hotel on the corner of Anne Street now occupied by Ciao Thyme Cafe and Balmain's original Post Office pictured here at No.1 Queens Place now a private residence.
The Postal & Telegraph Agency opened July 1,1857 under the care of local grocer Alexander Chape through to 1870 whereupon his death, Chape's widow Catherine became Balmain's first postmistress. Since Balmain's early settlement, No.1 Queens Place has contained other incarnations including a pub and a restaurant. Despite the loss of fourth storey attic window on the Waterview side, this charming icon of Balmain's historical buildings remains an authentic landmark to Balmain's original centre of trade and finance.
( References quoted from "Balmain to Glebe' by Joan Lawrence & Catherine Warne )
Having built a 30 year profession as a custom picture framer, Lynn's steady and considered approach to her other craft - Photography - now spans an impressive 35 years of dedication.